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Virginia Tech manages a research portfolio of $513 million.
Targeted areas of research that have been transformed into formal research entities and receive support from ICTAS.
Expenditures, supported faculty and students, and investments.
Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Dr. Michael Hochella and the TITAN Microscope at NCFL
Thrust Leader: Michael Hochella
Program Manager: Matthew Hull
ICTAS research in this thrust focuses on developing the understanding and control of matter at the nanometer scale, with an eye on developing new materials, devices, and systems for a wide spectrum of applications including those in electronics and computers, medicine and health, aeronautics and space, environment and energy, biotechnology and agriculture, and materials and manufacturing.
An example of a targeted area is ICTAS research in environmental nanoscience and technology. This research will provide new approaches for the characterization and understanding of anthropogenic-manufactured nanomaterials and their natural counterparts, and may result in methods for fast, real-time detection of both man-made and natural nanomaterials. This, in turn, will help understand their environmental fate and health impacts and will lead to safer protocols for manufacturing processes and utilization.
Other areas of research include nanosensors, carbonaceous nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and nanohorns, nanodevices such as nanoknives and nanoforce transducers, and novel nanocomposites for a range of applications.
Environmental Nanoscience and Technology (ENT): relates a vast array of nanomaterial properties to their potential environmental exposures, biological effects, and ecological consequences.
Nanomaterials including Carbonaceous Materials: pairs molecular building blocks of nanocarbon materials with the creation of carbon nanotubes and devices for technology such as photovoltaic energy cells.
Virginia Tech Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (VTSuN): Globally advances sustainable nanotechnology.